‘Blood donors saved my life’

2013-11-30 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG pupil feels lucky to have lost his arm, not his life, thanks in part to pints and pints of donated blood.

Lindani Zondi (16) of Imbali, who attends St Nicholas Diocesan School, spoke at the SA National Blood Services breakfast at the Durban Country Club yesterday, telling the guests about his ordeal and his gratitude.

One morning in 2007, Lindani was walking with his seven-year-old cousin Zama Zondi at KwaPata when they found a live electric wire hanging from a street pole.

“My cousin tried touching it. Because I knew of the danger, I tried to hit her hand off the wire, but I got electrocuted instead,” he said.

He doesn’t remember much about his recovery, which took a month at St Anne’s Hospital, but does recall the many blood transfusions. “Each day I got about five to six units of blood.”

The doctors had to amputate his right arm because it was badly damaged.

He said he was glad that his cousin walked out unharmed, and now preaches that giving blood is good and saves lives.

He is a regular blood donor himself and has motivated his peers to do the same.

Lindani’s mother, Zonke Zondi, said her son is doing fine. “He recovered way before I did from the situation,” she said.

The SANBS national spokesperson Vanessa Raju she said they are pleading for people to spare 30 minutes of their time to give blood. KZN currently has 1,2 days’ stock.

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